The foundation stone for an Indian Oil Terminal in Himachal Pradesh was laid by Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, in the presence of CM Virbhadra Singh and MP Anurag Thakur. “The opening of Indian Oil terminal will be a new milestone in the history of Himachal Pradesh and also from strategic point of view,” said the Minister. The terminal would be dedicated to the people of the state in 2018.
The Rs 507 crore terminal at Pekhubella in Una assembly constituency would be of strategic importance for the Indian defence forces. It would serve to meet the needs of annual winter fuel stocks in Leh and Ladakh and at Karu, Nima, Upshi, Kyari through the Rohtang.
The terminal will provide fuel to 224 retail outlets, 22 superior Kerosene Oil agencies and 125 consumer pumps, fulfilling the requirements of 580,000 KL annually in Himachal.
In addition to the terminal, Minister Pradhan said that 2 bottling plants of around 90,000 MT capacity would be set up in the state for refilling of LPG. There would also be an underground pipeline from Jalandhar to Una. The petroleum, oil and lubricants would be transported by about 200 trucks to different parts of Himachal Pradesh every day, also giving employment to thousands.